Trustees

The Trustees of St Chad's Retreat Centres which includes Shallowford House and Dovedale House in the Diocese of Lichfield.

Mr Derek Pamment,
Chair of Trustees
Derek is Chair of Trustees and brings extensive management and leadership experience. More importantly as an Ordinand following in the footsteps of St Chad, he feels it is a privilege to serve the diocese and support the two centre Directors in their ministry and mission. Having trained at Shallowford House for the past three years Derek values the retreat centres as places of learning and rest along the faith journey.

Both centres are a rich resource for the diocese and his vision is to see them used more extensively as places of refreshment and retreat.

     
  Mr David Beswick  
     
Mr Peter Bevington Peter was involved in residential work all his working life. After time in social work and special education, he became the founder manager of The Quinta. Along with many others he was involved in this amazing tale of God’s grace which saw derelict buildings being gradually transformed into a 240+ bed multi-unit Christian conference facility. For a few years before retirement, he was CEO of Centre Ministries. He was glad to respond to diocesan requests for help with the oversight of the St Chad’s Centres.
     
  Revd Stephanie Couvela  
     
  Mrs Liz Binsley  
     
  Mr Jonathan Hill  
     
  Mrs Julie Jones  
     
Revd Shaun Morris Shaun is the Minister of Hanford Church in Stoke-on-Trent, and has been a trustee since 2011. His great desire is that God be glorified by the making of disciples. Shaun has a background in finance and business, and is looking to support our houses and staff in providing comfortable and well run places where people can grow in discipleship.
     
  Revd Preb Michael Newman I have spent the whole of my ministry in the Diocese of Lichfield serving as a parish priest in a number of quite different places. Over the years I have personally experienced and valued the opportunities provided at Shallowford House for retreat, refreshment and training purposes. I have also greatly appreciated the dedication and skill of successive members of staff and all that they have done and continue to do.

It was for these reasons that I agreed to become a trustee of St Chad’s Trust which also encompasses the work of Dovedale House, our youth centre, with which I have been associated for many years. Since the formation of the trust we have worked hard to maintain and improve our facilities to meet the needs of an ever greater variety of guests. It is also encouraging to see our work expanding to promote more day events especially those included in the Open Programme.

Shallowford House has changed a lot since my ordination, I am able to remember the days when enormous coal fires heated the public rooms, but the reception for guests is as warm as ever. I would add that Shallowford House is set in the heart of really attractive countryside, I should know being Staffordshire born and bred! I do hope we will be able to welcome you to the house in the near future.